Frankfurt 2011: 2012 Suzuki Sport Swift

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Suzuki officially debuts their highly anticipated and long-time European favorite, the 2012 Swift Sport, at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Although it hasn't been sold in the U.S. for several years, the Suzuki Swift has been a huge success in Europe and other markets. Having just undergone a redesign last year, the small Japanese automaker has just launched the new Swift Sport at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show. While it may look similar to the previous model, Suzuki was careful not to mess too much with a good thing and went with a more evolutionary look.

The automaker is promising better handling, driving performance, and environmental compatibility along with an "uncompromising focus on quality." Power comes from an updated version of the older model's 1.6-liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. It now has a total output of 134hp, an increase of 12hp, and 118 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Other features include standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and new sport seats in an exclusive fabric. Official pricing hasn't been announced, but sales are expected to begin in Europe shortly.

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